Title:
SHOCK ABSORBING PROTECTIVE MASK
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The shock absorbing protective mask of the present invention comprises a cap body, a grid frame, at least one cushion shock absorber, and at least one pivot member. The cap body has a receiving space and a front opening, connected to each other. The grid frame is assembled on the cap body and covers the front opening. The cushion shock absorber has a body and a piston rod. The body is combined with the cap body. The piston rod is slidably attached to the body and slides relative to the body. The pivot member has a first member and a second member, pivotally connected to each other, the first member is connected to the grid frame. The second member is connected to the piston rod. Thereby, the shock absorbing protective mask indeed achieves the purpose of improving the shock absorbing effect in order to avoid injuries to the user.



Inventors:
Shih, I-hung (New Taipei City, TW)
Application Number:
14/162029
Publication Date:
07/23/2015
Filing Date:
01/23/2014
Assignee:
Yu Hsun Enterprise Co., Ltd. (New Taipei City, TW)
Primary Class:
2/9
International Classes:
A42B3/20; A63B71/10
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Primary Examiner:
SUTTON, ANDREW W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, P.C. (Fairfax, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A shock absorbing protective mask, comprising: a cap body having a receiving space and a front opening, connected to each other; a grid frame, assembled on the cap body and covering the front opening; at least one cushion shock absorber having a body and a piston rod, the body being combined with the cap body, the piston rod being slidably attached to the body and sliding relative to the body; and at least one pivot member having a first member and a second member, pivotally connected to each other, the first member being connected and fixed to the grid frame, and the second member being connected and fixed to the piston rod.

2. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 1, wherein the body and the cap body are integrally formed.

3. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 1, wherein the body is screwed on and combined with the cap body with at least one screw.

4. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 1, wherein the at least one cushion shock absorber is a spring cushion shock absorber and has a spring, and the spring is circularly mounted on the piston rod and pushes against the piston rod and the body.

5. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 4, wherein the at least one cushion shock absorber has a threaded sleeve and a nut, the threaded sleeve pushes against the spring and is screwed to the body, and the nut is screwed to the threaded sleeve.

6. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 5, wherein the nut is a manual nut.

7. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 1, wherein the second member is screwed to the piston rod.

8. The shock absorbing protective mask in claim 1, wherein the cap body has an upper fixing flange and a lower fixing flange, and the grid frame pushes against the upper fixing flange and the lower fixing flange and is assembled to the cap body.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Background of the Invention

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is related to a shock absorbing protective mask, especially related to a shock absorbing protective mask which has improved shock absorbing effect to avoid injuries to the user.

2. Background

Protective masks in general sports, such as head protective masks for baseball catchers or football players, mainly comprise a cap body and a grid frame, wherein the grid frame is, for example, an iron grid fame and fixed on the cap body.

The conventional protective masks have the function of protecting the head and the face of athletes from being directly impacted by external forces. However, because the grid frame is directly fixed to the cap body, the majority of the impact strength received by the grid frame would be directly passed to the head or the face of the athletes, causing injury to athletes due to excessive impact strength when subjected to external impact.

In response to the above problems, a protective mask utilizing a cushion shock absorber has been developed to reduce the impact strength and to protect athletes from injury. However, the aforementioned conventional shock absorbing protective masks still have their shortcomings.

Please refer to FIG. 1, which is a perspective view of a conventional protective mask with a cushion shock absorber. FIG. 1 shows a conventional protective mask 9 with a cushion shock absorber 8. The cushion shock absorber 8 is connected to a cap body 91 and a grid frame 92, respectively, of the protective mask 9. As mentioned above, when subjected to external impact, the protective mask 9 uses the cushion shock absorber 8 to absorb part of the impact strength.

However, the grid frame 92 would be deformed when the external force impacted on the protective mask 9 is too strong. The cushion shock absorber 8 is unable to fully provide cushion shock absorbing effects, and it is possible that the athletes may be injured because the impact force is too strong.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The shock absorbing protective mask of the present invention comprises a cap body, a grid frame, at least one cushion shock absorber, and at least one pivot member. Wherein, the Cap body has a receiving space and a front opening, connected to each other. The grid frame is assembled on the cap body and covers the front opening. The at least one cushion shock absorber has a body and a piston rod, the body is combined with the cap body, and the piston rod is slidably attached to the body and slides relative to the body. The at least one pivot member has a first member and a second member, pivotally connected to each other, the first member is connected and fixed to the grid frame, and the second member is connected and fixed to the piston rod.

With the above structural design, the shock absorbing protective mask of the present invention can indeed achieve the purpose of improving the shock absorbing effect in order to avoid injuries to the user.

The body and the cap body are integrally formed

The body is screwed on and combined with the cap body with at least one screw.

The at least one cushion shock absorber is a spring cushion shock absorber and has a spring, and the spring is circularly mounted on the piston rod and pushes against the piston rod and the body.

The at least one cushion shock absorber has a threaded sleeve and a nut, the threaded sleeve pushes against the spring and is screwed to the body, and the nut is screwed to the threaded sleeve.

The nut is a manual nut.

The second member is screwed to the piston rod.

The cap body has an upper fixing flange and a lower fixing flange, and the grid frame pushes against the upper fixing flange and the lower fixing flange and is assembled to the cap body.

The at least one cushion shock absorber is a hydraulic cushion shock absorber.

The at least one cushion shock absorber is a pneumatic cushion shock absorber.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a conventional protective mask with a cushion shock absorber.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a schematic of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention under usage.

FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the cushion shock absorber of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view of the cushion shock absorber of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a second, preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a schematic of the cushion shock absorber of a third preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is a schematic of the cushion shock absorber of a fourth preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Please refer to FIG. 2, which is a perspective view of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 illustrates a shock absorbing protective mask 1, and the shock absorbing protective mask 1 comprises a cap body 2, a grid frame 3, at least one cushion shock absorber 4, and at least one pivot member 5.

In FIG. 2, the cap body 2 has a receiving space 21 and a front opening 22, which are connected to each other. The grid frame 3 is assembled on the cap body 2 and Covers the front opening 22 of the cap body 2. The at least one cushion shock absorber 4 has a body 41 and a piston rod 42, wherein the body 41 is combined with the cap body 2, the piston rod 42 is slidably attached to the body 41 and slides relative to the body 41. The at least one pivot member 5 has a first member 51 and a second member 52, which are pivotally connected to each. The first member 51 is connected and fixed to the grid frame 3. For example, they are welded after an aluminum rod is passed through. The second member 52 is connected and fixed to the piston rod 42 of the at least one cushion shock absorber 4. For example, they are connected and fixed by screwing as described below.

In this embodiment, the grid frame 3 is an aluminum alloy grid frame. Furthermore, the body 41 is screwed on and combined with the cap body 2 with at least one screw 411. FIG. 2 shows the body 41 is screwed on and combined with the cap body 2 with two screws 411. In addition, the number of the at least one cushion shock absorber 4 is four, and each two of the cushion shock absorbers 4 are located each of the two sides of the cap body 2. The number of the at least One pivot member 5 matches the number of the cushion shock absorbers 4 and as such, is also four. FIG. 2 only shows one side of the cap body 2 because of the viewing angle.

Refer to FIG. 3, which is a schematic of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention under usage. FIG. 3 illustrates that the cushion shock absorbers 4 would be cushioned and absorb shocks to avoid injuries to the user when the shock absorbing protective mask 1 is subjected to impact by an external impact. When the shock absorbing protective mask 1 is subjected to an external impact which is too strong and causes the deformation of the grid frame 3, the first member 51, connected and fixed to the grid frame 3, of the pivot member 5 and the second member 52, connected and fixed to the piston rod 42 of the cushion shock absorbers 4, pivotally rotate relative to each other. Therefore, the cushion shock absorbers 4 can still maintain a cushion shock absorbing function, and the cushion shock absorbers 4 indeed achieve cushion shock absorbing effects. Comparatively, when the shock absorbing protective mask 1 is subjected to an external impact which is too strong and causes the deformation of the grid frame 3, users can indeed avoid injury with the cushion shock absorbing effects of the cushion shock absorbers 4.

Refer to FIG. 2 again. In the structural design of this embodiment, the cap body 2 has an upper fixing flange 23 and a lower fixing flange 24. The grid frame 3 pushes against the upper fixing flange 23 and the lower fixing flange 24 and is assembled to the cap body 2. This way provides an auxiliary fixing effect for the grid frame 3 to be assembled and fixed to the cap body 2. In other words, this way avoids the problem of the grid frame 3 moving up and down and displacing too much to damage the cushion shock absorbing effect of the cushion shock absorbers 4 when the shock absorbing protective mask 1 is subjected to the external impact.

Please refer to FIG. 4 and FIG. 5 at the same time. FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the cushion shock absorber of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view of the cushion shock absorber of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 and FIG. 5 illustrate the second member 52 of the pivot member 5 is screwed and connected to the piston rod 42 of the cushion shock absorbers 4 in the present embodiment.

Furthermore, FIG. 4 and FIG. 5 show that the cushion shock absorber 4 is a spring cushion shock absorber in this embodiment and comprises a spring 43. The spring 43 is circularly mounted on the piston rod 42 and pushes against the piston rod 42 and the body 41. Thus, the spring 43 can provide the elastic rod 42 with prestress to slide.

FIG. 4 and FIG. 5 further show that each of the cushion shock absorbers 4 further has a threaded sleeve 44 and a nut 45 in this embodiment. The threaded sleeve 44 pushes against the spring 43 and is screwed to the body 41, i.e. the spring 43 pushes against the piston rod 42 and the threaded sleeve 44, which is screwed to the body 41. The nut 45 is screwed to the threaded sleeve 44. Thus, the screwed depth of the threaded sleeve 44 screwed to the body 41 can be adjusted, and then the nut 45 is screwed to fix. At this time, because the threaded sleeve 44 pushes against the spring 43, the amount of the extension and the retraction (longer or shorter) of the spring 43 can be relatively adjusted. The elastic strength of the spring 43 can be adjusted, and thereby, the cushion shock absorbers 4 can provide stronger or weaker cushion shock absorbing effects with the aforesaid adjustment.

In this embodiment, the recited nut 45 is a manual nut, i.e. the user can directly screw the nut 45 with their hands. Of course, the nut 45 may also have a groove (not shown), and the user can screw the nut 45 with a flathead screwdriver or a Phillips screwdriver.

Refer to FIG. 6, which is a perspective view of a second preferred embodiment of the present invention. In this embodiment, the main structure thereof is the same as the main structure of the abovementioned first preferred embodiment. The only difference is that the body 611 and the cap body 62 are integrally formed, i.e., a portion of the cap body 62 can be formed as the body 611 of the cushion shock absorber 61. Such structural design can also achieve the various effects of the first preferred embodiment.

Please refer to FIG. 7, which is a schematic of the cushion shock absorber of a third preferred embodiment of the present invention, wherein the cushion shock absorber 71 is shown as a hydraulic cushion shock absorber.

Please refer to FIG. 8, which a schematic of the cushion shock absorber of a fourth preferred embodiment of the present invention, wherein the cushion shock absorber 72 is shown as a pneumatic cushion shock absorber.

According to what FIG. 7 and FIG. 8 shows, the cushion shock absorbers can be all kinds of forms of cushion shock absorbers.